pick axe

pickax

[pik-aks]
noun, plural pickaxes.
1.
a pick, especially a mattock.
verb (used with object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
2.
to cut or clear away with a pickax.
verb (used without object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
3.
to use a pickax.
Also, pickaxe.


Origin:
1275–1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2. See pique1

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pickax

noun
a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks" [syn: pick
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